THE DEVIL BONES KILLER; Monster Hacked off Poor Khusbu's Head after Reading Novel about Ritual Slayings

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THE DEVIL BONES KILLER; Monster Hacked off Poor Khusbu's Head after Reading Novel about Ritual Slayings


Byline: Paul O'Hare

A TOP crime writer and forensics expert helped Scots cops nail a young mum's vicious killer, the Record can reveal.

Monster Roshan Dantis read Kathy Reichs novel Devil Bones for inspiration before he strangled Khusbu Shah, the wife of his best friend, and hacked off her head and hands with a meat cleaver.

He was so obsessed with the book, which he'd borrowed from a library, that he renewed the ticket on it just hours after TURN TO PAGE 4 EXCLUSIVE 24 YEARS FOR CLEAVER BEAST INSPIRED BY GORY CRIME NOVEL A loving mother brutally killed by ruthless evil man From Page One the gruesome killing. And after Dantis was caged for at least 24 years yesterday, police revealed that American Reichs had helped them understand the killer's twisted mind.

A source said: "The murder of Mrs Shah had such similarities to a murder detailed in Dr Reichs's novel that we asked for her help.

"We wanted to get inside the mind of someone capable of such acts, and she was happy to help us with that."

Student Dantis, 30, murdered 23-yearold Khusbu in her Glasgow home before trying to extort pounds 120,000 from her husband, Nagendra, by pretending she had been kidnapped.

Khusbu left a four-year-old son, Nikhil. And after watching a judge cage Dantis for life, Nagendra said: "Khusbu was my beautiful wife and Nikhil's perfect mum. She was brutally killed by a ruthless, evil man.

"Nikhil has had to cremate his 23-year-old mum."

Indian Dantis, who moved to Scotland in 2008, pretended to be Nagendra's friend as they studied for business degrees at Strathclyde University.

But the killer, who didn't earn much money as a part-time steward at Celtic Park, was consumed with jealousy because Nepalese-born Nagendra and his wife were better off than he was.

Fantasy He dreamed up a warped plan to murder Khusbu, then pretend she had been kidnapped, to get cash from her husband.

Police believe the plot may also have given Dantis a chance to act out a sick fantasy of violence.

Detective Superintendent Mike Orr said: "It is unclear exactly what his motive was. But one theory is that is it was a fantasy-type killing, perhaps influenced by Devil Bones."

Just weeks before the murder on June 1 last year, Dantis went to a local library and took out Devil Bones, which describes a series of decapitations.

He also borrowed a book on murders, forensics and detective work.

In one of the ritual murders in Devil Bones, the killer cuts off the victim's head and disposes of it in a carrier bag while dumping the body elsewhere.

And Dantis did exactly the same with Khusbu after he throttled the life out of her at her f lat in Dennistoun in Glasgow's east end.

Khusbu, who was alone in the flat after taking little Nikhil to nursery, opened the door to her killer. She knew Dantis well, and had even made dinner for him at the flat before.

She went to get Dantis a cup of tea, but he at tacked her before she could make it.

Khusbu was just 5ft 1in and 18-stone Dant is was twice her weight. She did not stand a chance against him.

Dantis gagged Khusbu and bound her hand and foot before killing her and putting her body in the bath. He then used the cleaver to cut off her head and hands .

He left the flat carrying two bags - a large blue holdall containing Khusbu's body and a carrier bag with her head and hands inside.

Dantis hid the holdall in bushes yards from the flat in Coventry Drive. He dumped the head and hands, along with the bloodied cleaver and jumper he had been wearing, on a railway embankment.

Just hours after the murder, Dantis put his blackmail plot into act ion by sending Nagendra a fake text from Khusbu's "kidnappers".

Prosecutor Dorothy Bain QC told the trial at the High Court in Glasgow: "In this demand, it is clear that Roshan Dantis sought to obtain money from Mr Shah for the return of his wife. …

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